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A British officer discusses threats against Loyalist, 1778

A British officer discusses threats against Loyalist, 1778

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British officer in occupied Philadelphia discusses threats against Loyalists: "Peace is not wish'd at all nor hardly talked of ... The rebels have publish'd a list of Persons whom they mean to threat as Traytors [sic] to the States of America, if they will not give themselves up."
British officer in occupied Philadelphia discusses threats against Loyalists: "Peace is not wish'd at all nor hardly talked of ... The rebels have publish'd a list of Persons whom they mean to threat as Traytors [sic] to the States of America, if they will not give themselves up."

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03/15/2011

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Samuel Mostyn to Thomas Pennant
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7 June 1778.Autograph letter signed, 3 pages + address leaf, docket.[
draft 
]D.
Sir Yesterday Gen
l
. Clinton was pleas’d to appoint me to be a Leiu
t
. in the 49
th
the Reg
t
– for whichgood fortune, I am & ever shall be grateful to you & your good friend Judge Barrington, who Ilook up to as the first Cause of whatever Success I may be so fortunate as to meet with in theLine of Life your Goodness has thrown me into. I sincerely hope your Amiable Consort and theworthy Mostyn & Bichton families are well & happy:I wou’d be glad to give you some News worth the Trouble of reading but I have none,except that the Comm
rs
.
 
– are come, and we are in great anxiety [
2
] to know what Plan will befix’d upon for the ensuing Campaign – Peace is not wish’d at all, nor hardly talk’d of as theRebels have declar’d they will not treat but as Independent States. All the Goods of this Town,are put on board Ships, and fallen down the River by Order of the Commander in Chief – ManyPeople who fear’d being left behind, have embark’d in these ships, all the heavy Baggage of theArmy, the Women & Children are embark’d also; The Rebels have publish’d a List of Personswhom they mean to treat as Traytors to the States of America, if they will not give them selvesup before the 21
st
of June 1778. [
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: Even] then to take their Tryals for their severalTreasons &c&c. This has oblig’d several People to leave [
3
] This Town & put them selves onboard the Ships, some for England and others to take their Chance with the Army. – And now that I have taken up quite enough of y
Time with my scrawl I shall take myLeave with wishing you M
rs
. Pennants y
good Sisters & family all manner of Happiness, & thatgreatest of Blessings, Health.I am D.
 
Sir, your muchoblig’d Hum. Ser 
t
.Sam MostynL
t
. 49
th
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t
. – I have not had the
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
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